ROCKLAND, Maine — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Wednesday about telephone scams being on the rise.
The department issued a news release stating there are a number of methods being used by scammers to try to obtain information. The department highlighted some examples:
• Callers telling people their Social Security numbers have been compromised and that they need to change them. The caller then would ask the victim to verify the Social Security number and banking account number.
• Calls from a 410 area code in which the caller tells the victim that he has won $10 million and to receive the funds must first pay a handling fee of $149.
• Automated calls in which the victim receives a request to verify PIN numbers for debit accounts. The caller would tell victims that there has been fraudulent activity on the victims’ accounts. In order to fix the problems, victims are asked to provide information on the account.
• Fraudulent calls also are being made from 817-400-0344 in which a male with a heavy accent claims to be from the “American Law Firm” and tells the victims they owe money on an existing loan. The caller knows the victims’ names, dates of births and Social Security numbers.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office asks residents to be aware of these scams and stresses that residents never should provide anyone not known to them any personal information. People are encouraged to check their credit information periodically for any discrepancies, especially after any suspicious calls.
These problems always should be reported to local police departments or the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the department stated.